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I think if you take a spreadsheet and change the logo (unless you
created the spreadsheet personally) that is questionable. However, if
you gained the knowledge of how the spreadsheet works and you re-write a
similar program or the like, that's no problem. Same thing with details
in CAD. I don't think its okay to take the details with you from job to
job - if you have a similar situation, re-draw the detail from scratch
and then it becomes yours.

You don't have the obligation to forget what you learned, but you also
can't raid someone's tool library and change the heading to your new
employers (Again, unless you developed the tool/detail personally IMHO
).

I would sign the agreement and have in the past, but I chose to ignore
it when my talents/skill/knowledge were used to create a new tool like a
spreadsheet or drafting manual.

-gerard
Santa Clara, CA 

-----Original Message-----
From: Johnny Drozdek [mailto:jdrozdek(--nospam--at)keymark.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2003 11:05 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: NDA Question

I have a question regarding non-disclosure agreements.  Do consulting
engineering firms typically ask their employees to sign non-disclosure
agreements?  If so, what are the primary stipulations in such an
agreement.  I understand that in general, spreadsheets, programs, and
other tools developed by the employee (a) on company time and/or (b)
with company resources such as computers, etc. are the property of the
company.

However, over time the employee learns & develops certain styles and
preferences, such as how to detail certain connections or how to design
certain aspects of the structure.  This type of "know-how" doesn't seem
to be so black-and-white.  I am interested in the opinions of people on
this list regarding this topic.

Are there any other "normal" restrictions that an employer typically
imposes upon their engineering employees?

Thanks in advance,
Johnny Drozdek, P.E.

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